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finished projects – pictures

June Gloom is now officially July Gloom. The light is really crappy, so pictures are so-so, but here they are:

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The pillow is finished. It measures about 14×14 in, and of course, all my pillow inserts are either smaller or way bigger. So only a “flat” picture. The linen I used is not really great for a project like this. Is is very soft and a little stretchy. Very tricky to quilt. But overall I am satisfied how this turned out. By the way, it has an envelope opening in the back. I prefer them to any kind of zippers or buttons – the less hardware the better.

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I call this the Pink Quilt. Very imaginative, I know! Here it is, all finished. I have to say I am very happy how it turned out, and I am very happy that I decided on a smaller project. To warm up.

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A little clseup of the fabrics.  The larger squares are all diferent fabrics, some quilting fabrics, some fashion fabrics that are either thinner or heavier than the typical quilting fabrics. Two also has some stretch to them, but this is patchwork, any fabrics will do. That’s the idea, right? The white fabrics is upcycled sheet that thad just the right weight – I added a 4in border all around – gives the pattern a bit more focus, I think. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had some challenges keeping the seam at 1/4in, so my squares are actually a bit smaller than 3×3 in, so the quilt measures roughly 26×26 in. The back is a simple red checkered fabric.

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And, of course, the “folded” picture. Now a dillema: I have many squares left from this project, as I scaled back. Do I start another “pink” project or cut some more fabrics. Maybe something blue this time?

pink quilt done

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but you won;t be able to tell. I just finished it a few minutes ago and scheduled the photo session for tomorrow. This is a picture from earlier today. I decided to do straight line quilting – it’s a little questionable whether they are straight or not – about an inch apart. When I took the picture half of it was done, you can still see the pins. Oh, the pins. My fingers are hurting – they are so thick that they would not go through the layers in some places. I really did not like doing the pins. I will try to find thinner ones, or try basting with thread. Even removing these as I was quilting wasn’t easy. I am really happy with this quilt.  Oh yes, and I finished the umbrella pillow. Pictures tomorrow.

there has been some serious sewing going on here

Last week we had some break from June Gloom (this week it’s back) and the beaches were getting full. There were so many umbrellas of different shapes and colors, I wished I could see the beach from above. That was the inspiration for making these:

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Initially I made a template for the trianges out of cartboard, but soon realized I would not be able to really use it. Even though it was pretty tough cardboard, it was not easy to hold, and it was still easy to cut into with the rotary cutter. So I thought of something else. I had one of those half square triangle templates (plastic) and so I used the 45 degree angle to cut these. I also used the cardboard template under the triangle template to make sure I got the height of the triangle right… This is hard to explain with words only, so I’ll get back to you when I get some pictures. Anyway… I cut enough triangles for 8 “umbrellas” for my quilt design, but then I realized I might want to do something smaller first, just to see how it goes, especially I decided to use linen as the “background” and I have really never used linen in a project like this before. So, instead of a quilt, there will be a pillow:

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It is not finished yet, I still have to make the envelope back and bind it, but I actually did more than this picture shows (I appliqued these by hand). I added some embroidery and I quilted the thing, so it looks much more exciting that this. Finished photo to come when I finish the other project I started in the meantime.

For this project I cut out many, many squares. About 50 3.5 x 3.5 in, about 50 1.5 x 1.5 in and a lot of1.5 in wide strips of white cotton (I used an old white sheet). I started with one pink fabric with a Japanese design, and picked other pink/yellow fabrics from there (I realized I had quite a stash of pink fabrics). Cutting was actually not too bad – this was the first time I cut so many squares at one time. It was actually relaxing. When it was time to start assembling the squares, I got a little bit intimidated with the size (it was supposed to be a larger baby quilt, that’s all), so I decided, again, to scale down the project (“to see how it goes”) and do a doll or a mini quilt. (some commitment issues?) I chose 15 large and 15 small squares and a lot of strips and this is what I had yesterday evening:

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Design is pretty simple: rows of alternating “big” and “small” squares with a 1 in strip of white separating the rows. Instead of sewing strips between rows (I wanted to avoid aligning squares between rows) I added a strip of white to each square (as you can see above). So I ended up simply sewing the (now) rectangles together into rows, and then rows into the finished top (actually it’s not quite finished. I decided to put a border around the whole thing – 4 in maybe?):

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Just noticed the picture is not so good. Sorry about that. I had a problem: as you can see, some of the squares do not align so well. I can sew straight and cut perfect squares and strips, but the problem is the templates I have include 1/4 in seam allowance, whereas my sewing machine (Singer) has metric seam lines (5, 10, 15 and 20mm). So, I have to eyeball the 1/4 in seam which does not work so well. I would hate to draw on the machine, maybe I should get metric templates. Seen any? Maybe on our trip to Canada next week?

Going back to the machine. I want to finish this if I can…